Little known fact about Michelle Pfeiffer: She was in a cult, once.
The three-time Oscar nominee, who was most recently seen alongside Robert De Niro in Luc Besson’s mob comedy “The Family,” told The Sunday Telegraph’s Stella magazine that she was manipulated by a “very controlling” couple of “kind of personal trainers” during her early days in Hollywood.
“They worked with weights and put people on diets. Their thing was vegetarianism,” Pfeiffer said. “They were very controlling. I wasn’t living with them but I was there a lot and they were always telling me I needed to come more. I had to pay for all the time I was there, so it was financially very draining.”
The actress said they were pushing her toward practicing Breatharianism, which is a lifestyle based on the belief that absorbing energy from the sun trumps nourishment from food — a diet Pfeiffer said “nobody can adhere to.”
Pfeiffer didn’t realize she was in a cult until she was introduced to her first husband, Peter Horton, who had been cast in a film about Rev. Sun Myung Moon’s Unification Church. Describing the religious group as a “cult,” she said it was an ex-member — once commonly called a Moonie — that made her realize she too “was in one.”
“We were talking with an ex-Moonie and he was describing the psychological manipulation and I just clicked,” Pfeiffer said.